60 days in Japan Itinerary

60 days in Japan Itinerary

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60 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly + train:  27​h
1
Takayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Kanazawa
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
3
Hakodate
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
4
Matsue
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Kochi
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  6​h 15​min
6
Yakushima-cho
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h
7
Naha
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
8
Miyakojima
— 6 nights
Fly:  45​min
9
Ishigaki
— 5 nights
ferry:  1​h
10
Iriomote-jima
— 5 nights
+3
ferry + bus + foot + Fly:  6​h 15​min
11
Takachiho-cho
— 10 nights
Drive + Fly:  26​h
End: Tampa

2
nights
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
Do your shopping at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market and Funasaka Shuzo Brewery. Get some historical perspective at Higashiyama Walking Course and Shirakabe Dozogai. Go for a jaunt from Takayama to Hida to see Ryokufu Resort Hida Nagareha about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Takayama Festival Floats Exhibition Hall, stop by Hida Bussankan, indulge your taste buds at Harada Sake Brewery, and contemplate the long history of Kusakabe Folk Museum.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Takayama online trip itinerary builder .

Tampa, USA to Takayama is an approximately 27-hour flight. You'll lose 14 hours traveling from Tampa to Takayama due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Tampa in March: high temperatures in Takayama hover around 52°F and lows are around 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kanazawa.

Things to do in Takayama

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Hida
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Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market ©
Shirakabe Dozogai ©
Shirakabe Dozogai
Harada Sake Brewery ©
Harada Sake Brewery

5
nights
Kanazawa

Kanazawa ©
An old castle town largely unspoiled during World War II, Kanazawa features well-preserved architecture spread across a range of districts.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Daihonzan Eiheiji Temple and Fukui Dinosaur Museum. Do your shopping at Kanazawa Hyakubangai Shopping Center and Sakuda Gold and Silver Leaf Shop. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kanazawa: Chirihama Nagisa Driveway (in Hakui), Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (in Tateyama-machi) and Sakai (Maruoka Castle & Tojinbo Cliff). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Nagamachi District, contemplate the long history of Oyama Shrine, see the interesting displays at D. T. Suzuki Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ninja Temple.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Kanazawa trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Takayama to Kanazawa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. March in Kanazawa sees daily highs of 52°F and lows of 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Kanazawa

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Sakai, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple, Gokayama, Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Find places to stay Mar 5 — 10:
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Gokayama ©
Gokayama
Maruoka Castle ©
Maruoka Castle
Tojinbo Cliff ©
Tojinbo Cliff

4
nights
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
For shopping fun, head to Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse or Bolta Kobo. Get in touch with nature at Onuma Park Walking Path and Hotokegaura. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hakodate: Hakodate Nanae Snow Park (in Nanae-cho) and Cape Chikyu (in Muroran). Next up on the itinerary: browse the eclectic array of goods at Hakodate Morning Market, appreciate the extensive heritage of Motomachi, don't miss a visit to Hachimanzaka, and pause for some serene contemplation at Hakodate Orthodox Church.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Hakodate trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Kanazawa to Hakodate takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Kanazawa in March, things will get a bit cooler in Hakodate: highs are around 41°F and lows about 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Matsue.

Things to do in Hakodate

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Nanae-cho, Muroran, Hotokegaura
Find places to stay Mar 10 — 15:
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Hakodate Nanae Snow Park ©
Hakodate Nanae Snow Park
Onuma Park Walking Path ©
Onuma Park Walking Path
Hakodate Magistrate's Office ©
Hakodate Magistrate's Office

4
nights
Matsue

Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Get in touch with nature at Inasa Beach and Shinji Lake. Adachi Museum of Art and Former Taisha Station are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Matsue side-trips: Oda (Gungendo Honten & Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine), The Mizuki Shigeru Road (in Sakaiminato) and Jokyu Sea Way Kinnyamonya Center (in Ama-cho). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine, contemplate the long history of Izumotaisha mae Station, get engrossed in the history at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, and look for gifts at Rihaku Shuzo.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Matsue route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Hakodate to Matsue takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Hakodate in March; daily highs in Matsue reach 55°F and lows reach 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kochi.

Things to do in Matsue

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Izumo, Oda, Jokyu Sea Way Kinnyamonya Center, Adachi Museum of Art, Shinji Lake
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 20:
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Shimane Art Museum ©
Shimane Art Museum
Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse ©
Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo

3
nights
Kochi

Kochi ©
The port city of Kochi has a rich and varied history that has left its mark on the look and feel of the urban area.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Old Samurai Residence of Rojyu Doi and Chikurinji Temple. Visiting Katsurahama Beach and Ioki Cave will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kochi: Imoya Kinjiro Hidaka Honten (in Hidaka-mura) and Nakatosa-cho (Kure Taisho-machi Market & Nishioka Brewery). The adventure continues: pick up some local products at Hirome Ichiba, step into the grandiose world of Kochi Castle, make a trip to Ryoma Sakamoto Bronze Statue, and hunt for treasures at Sunday Market.

To plan Kochi vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Matsue to Kochi takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Yakushima-cho.

Things to do in Kochi

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Aki, Nakatosa-cho, Imoya Kinjiro Hidaka Honten
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 23:
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Hirome Ichiba ©
Hirome Ichiba
Chikurinji Temple ©
Chikurinji Temple
Sunday Market
Sunday Market

4
nights
Yakushima-cho

Yakushima-cho ©
A popular destination for Japanese tourists, Kumage-gun Yakushima-cho is a true paradise for nature lovers, with over 1,900 species and subspecies of plants.
Step out of the city life by going to Yakusugi Land and Nagata Inakahama. Discover out-of-the-way places like Shiratani Unsuikyo Valley and Anbo River. There's lots more to do: trek along Seibu Trail, look for gifts at Yakushima Local Produce Processing and Marketing Center, take a stroll through Wilson Stump, and make a trip to Jōmon Sugi.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Yakushima-cho trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kochi to Yakushima-cho takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, ferry, and car. Traveling from Kochi in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Yakushima-cho, with lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Naha.

Things to do in Yakushima-cho

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 28:
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Yakusugi Land ©
Yakusugi Land
Anbo River ©
Anbo River
Seibu Trail ©
Seibu Trail

4
nights
Naha

Naha ©
Naha, the capital of Okinawa, has deep roots: Stone Age relics have been found in the city, and through the Middle Ages it rose in importance in the Ryukyu Kingdom.
Popular historic sites such as Okinawa Peace Memorial Park and The Tower of Himeyuri are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Onna Station Nakayukui Market and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Naha: Yachimun no Sato (in Yomitan-son), Aharen Beach (in Tokashiki-son) and Nanjo (Okinawa World Bunka Okoku Gyokusendo & Sefa-Utaki). Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at Ashibina Outlet Mall, make a trip to Shijo Hondori, indulge your taste buds at Fish Center, and admire the masterpieces at Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Naha day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Yakushima-cho to Naha in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, ferry, and flight; or do a combination of car, ferry, and flight. Traveling from Yakushima-cho in March, things will get a bit warmer in Naha: highs are around 70°F and lows about 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Miyakojima.

Things to do in Naha

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Itoman, Onna-son, Nanjo, Ashibina Outlet Mall, AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM
Find places to stay Mar 28 — Apr 2:
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Aharen Beach ©
Aharen Beach
AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM ©
AEONMALL OKINAWA RYCOM
Yachimun no Sato ©
Yachimun no Sato

6
nights
Miyakojima

Miyakojima
A city jurisdiction formed after the merger of several towns in 2005, Miyakojima spans six linked-up islands.
Shop till you drop at Atarasu Ichiba and Furusato. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sunayama Beach and Aragusuku Beach. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Toguchi no Hama, head off the coast to Shimojiiima Island, snap pictures at Ikema Ohashi Bridge, and don't miss a visit to East Henna Cape.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Miyakojima day trip tool .

Traveling by flight from Naha to Miyakojima takes 2.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ishigaki.

Things to do in Miyakojima

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Toguchi no Hama
Toguchi no Hama
Yabiji
Yabiji
Kouri Island ©
Kouri Island

5
nights
Ishigaki

Ishigaki, the most populous island in the chain, features the country's southernmost city and acts as a transport hub for exploring the landmasses that surround.
Explore hidden gems such as Yonehara Beach and Yurateiku Market. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Kondoi Beach and Kaiji Beach. The adventure continues: enjoy the sea views from Cape Hirakubozaki, take a leisurely stroll along Nishi Pier, contemplate the long history of Ishigaki Yaima Village, and look for gifts at Nanapito Hompo.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ishigaki road trip planner.

Getting from Miyakojima to Ishigaki by flight takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in April, and nighttime lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to ride a ferry to Iriomote-jima.

Things to do in Ishigaki

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Taketomi-cho
Find places to stay Apr 8 — 13:
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Scuba & Snorkeling
Fusaki Beach ©
Fusaki Beach

5
nights
Iriomote-jima

Iriomote-jima ©
Taketomicho Iriomote-Jima stands as the second largest island in Okinawa.
Explore hidden gems such as Iriomote Island and Kayaking & Canoeing. Relax by the water at Hoshisuna Beach and Ida no Hama Beach. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, step off the mainland to explore Nakama-river Protected Region, admire the sheer force of Mizuochi Falls, and enjoy the sand and surf at Nakano Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Iriomote-jima road trip planning site .

Getting from Ishigaki to Iriomote-jima by ferry takes about an hour. April in Iriomote-jima sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 70°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Takachiho-cho.

Things to do in Iriomote-jima

Parks Outdoors Tours
Find places to stay Apr 13 — 18:
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Hoshisuna Beach ©
Hoshisuna Beach
Funauki Village ©
Funauki Village
Pinaisara Falls ©
Pinaisara Falls

10
nights
Takachiho-cho

Takachiho-cho ©
The mountain town of Takachiho-cho remains a place of great importance to Japan's spiritual and natural heritage, and the point where these two things intersect.
Head to Angel Kimono Rental Beppu and JR Oita Cityfor plenty of shopping. Takachiho Shrine and Amano Iwato Shrine will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Takachiho-cho side-trips: Yufu (Saigoku Dosan Kagiya, Cheese Factory Yufuin, & more), Daikanbo (in Aso) and Umijigoku (in Beppu). The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Aoshima Island, explore the striking landscape at Tokubetsuto Rice Terraces, look for gifts at Asobonosato Kugino, and kick back and relax at Fukashima Island.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Takachiho-cho day trip planner.

Getting from Iriomote-jima to Takachiho-cho by combination of ferry, flight, and taxi takes about 6.5 hours. Traveling from Iriomote-jima in April, things will get a bit cooler in Takachiho-cho: highs are around 68°F and lows about 51°F. You'll set off for home on the 29th (Mon).

Things to do in Takachiho-cho

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Yufu, Beppu, Nobeoka, Oita, Miyazaki
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 29:
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Amano Yasugawara ©
Amano Yasugawara
Amano Iwato Shrine ©
Amano Iwato Shrine
Kaguraden ©
Kaguraden

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